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Pheu Thai to attend reconciliation talks on March 8

The Pheu Thai party has agreed to send 10 representatives to meet with the government's unity and reconciliation preparatory committee on March 8 present the party's viewpoints regarding ten questions put forward by the committee.

The Pheu Thai team includes Poomtham Vechchayachai, Pol Lt-Gen Virote Pao-in, Plodprasob Suraswadi, Chusak Sirinil, Pokin Polakul, Noppadon Pattama, Chaikasem Nitisiri, Chaturon Chaisaeng and Wan Muhamad Noor.

Poomtham said the party would ask the government to show its sincerity towards reconciliation and to create an atmosphere under which differing opinions are recognized as well as an atmosphere that is conducive to cooperation to work out peaceful solutions.

Poomtham said he didn't want the meeting to be just a talk fest.

Chusak Sirinil, meanwhile, said the party had three answers to the 10 questions raised with the rest dealing mainly with 20-year national strategy that the party disagrees with.

The three questions that the party has its answers are about the impartiality of the panel on reconciliation, the independence of the panel and the search for truths about the cause of political divide and compensation for victims of the conflicts.

Chusak noted that the party disagreed with the condition that participants to the discussion should avoid touching on previous political conflicts or the amnesty issue, saying that this would go against the principle of reconciliation.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)